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June 28, 2018

South Africa
Modernity and Tradition Clash in South African Reed Dance

The clash between the modern and the traditional is illustrated by the “reed dance.” Performed by “maidens” in the semi-nude, it is widespread among the Ndebele people, including Xhosas and Zulus, in southern Africa. It is perhaps best known in Swaziland, where the king chooses a new wife every year following the annual reed dance.

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November 4, 2016

China
Scarborough Shoal Games and Deals

Richard Javad Heydarian is an assistant professor in political science at De La Salle University in Manila, and, most recently, the author of Asia’s New Battlefield: The U.S., China, and the Struggle…

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October 27, 2016

China
Duterte and China

Richard Javad Heydarian is an assistant professor in political science at De La Salle University in Manila, and, most recently, the author of Asia’s New Battlefield: The U.S., China, and the Struggle…

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May 18, 2016

United States
American Jews and Israel

Are American Jews and Israel drifting apart? In an article and a podcast I examine the theories and two recent books on the subject. The article is the monthly essay at the web site Mosaic, and ca…

April 13, 2015

Iran
The S-300 Missile System Goes from Russia to Iran

Today, The Wall Street Journal reported that "the Kremlin has formally lifted its own ban on the delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran, setting the legal groundwork for the possible Russian sale of a po…

June 21, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Bipartisan Attacks on Facebook IPO

Lawmakers from both parties are pressuring the SEC to scrutinize Facebook’s IPO (WSJ). In a letter to the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on behalf of the House Oversight and Gov…

A television reporter talks about the Facebook IPO at the NASDAQ Marketsite in New York prior to the opening of trade on May 17, 2012 (Keith Bedford/Courtesy Reuters).

April 6, 2012

Labor and Employment
Policy Initiative Spotlight: Michigan's 'Fiscal Accountability Act'

As dozens of towns and cities across the country—from Stockton, CA, to Providence, RI—stare down the precipice of insolvency, some states are taking bold action to protect their prized bond-ratings a…

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March 6, 2012

Iran
The President Degrades the Debate on Iran

At his news conference today President Obama was asked about the debate over Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The context, of course, is the AIPAC Policy Conference at which he and a number of other A…

November 17, 2008

United States
Auto Industry Bailout

The drying up of credit markets, first in securitization, then in bank lending, has spilled over into the real economy. As the graph indicates, the absence of credit to finance car purchases has le…

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June 9, 2016

Israel
Foreign Affairs: The Struggle For Israel

The July/August print edition of Foreign Affairs, entitled "The Struggle for Israel," is out. It includes interviews with several leading Israeli politicians and articles by veteran analysts Aluf Ben…

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